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2 workers die in factory blast

2012-01-20 10:25

Durban -Two people died in an explosion at a factory in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, on Friday, East Coast Radio reported.

Firefighters found the building on Brooklyn Road in flames shortly after midnight.

"They spent about three hours battling with the blaze that had already spread to the top of the chemical technologies factory," said Justin Bateman of the eThekwini fire department.

He told the radio station that it was not known whether the two workers died from the explosion or as a result of inhaling chemicals and smoke.

"We knew there were occupants in the factory... and we got into the building upon arrival, but the two had already died at that time," Bateman said.

"The cause of the fire is not known and it will be investigated."

Water affairs and pollution control officials were assessing the air quality at the scene on Friday morning.

The factory's management could not immediately be reached for comment.

Comments
  • Bardy - 2012-01-20 10:31

    Why is the report in bold???

      ben.nel2 - 2012-01-20 10:40

      Must have been a big blast

      Bardy - 2012-01-20 10:45

      LOL! @ Ben!

      MrGuyT - 2012-01-20 11:17

      Its shouting at me

      Megan - 2012-01-20 12:44

      THIS IS SHOUTING

  • Anthony - 2012-01-20 10:31

    R.I.P Wonder what caused the blast?

      Bryan - 2012-01-20 10:45

      Maybe business wasnt booming!!!

      Syd - 2012-01-20 10:55

      Business boomed after all!

  • Janice - 2012-01-20 10:46

    What an awful way to die!

  • Mashudu - 2012-01-20 11:05

    Deepest Condolences to Victims Families.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-20 11:07

    I hope it's not the Chinese factory. Why are they mum about the factory's name?

  • Lee - 2012-01-20 11:08

    Shame, sad news.

  • Thoka - 2012-01-20 11:21

    sad news, safety measures need to be jerked at all factories, You go around some factories or workshops and wonder if what comes out there is really up to standard if the place isn't really looked after. what a shame. RIP

      Schmee - 2012-01-20 11:41

      Who knows it might have been a jerk that looked after the safety measures at this factory.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-01-20 11:56

    May their soul rest in peace. It hurts everytime to find that workers are always at the receiving end of employers's quest for profit. You might find they worked under poor conditions and where there were no safety measures in place. What infuriates me further is that Labour Law protects the employer. In terms of the Unemployment Insurance Act, workers families can't sue the employer for negligence. It means their families will have to make do with 1% contribution of the employer's total contributions to the fund, which doesn't cover for support of their families. This is a classical case for unions to motivate for amendment of labour Relations Act.

  • Monica - 2012-02-29 11:26

    poor people

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